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Here’s how Juan Mata handed Arsenal a transfer boost this winter

Juan Mata

Juan Mata will remain at Manchester United, after much speculation over his future, and the player has made it very clear how happy he is to remain there.

It’s a stark contrast to when Jose Mourinho joined the club, with the manager having worked with and sold Mata before – but since the pair linked up once again at United, they’ve been in great form together, and Mourinho made it clear he wanted Mata to stay – a though echoed by the player himself.

Ahead of his one year extension clause being triggered, Mata said: “I still feel very happy and very proud to be part of this club.

“I think everyone that belongs to Manchester United should feel privileged, and that’s how I feel.

“I’m happy with everyone at the club and, obviously, with the manager and my team-mates. 

“Once you are part of this club, your football career is not the same; it changes, because this is one of the biggest clubs in football history. 

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“Every day I try to tell myself how lucky and how privileged I am, try to take advantage of every single training session, and try to see how important it is to be a Manchester United player.”

New deal

The deal for Mata does mean one thing – Mesut Ozil will not be pursued by Manchester United and will not be leaving Arsenal on a free to join them according to the Express. 

That’s following a decision by Mourinho and the United board, who felt it would be better to keep Mata and use money for his wages than to land Ozil and pay him £300,000 per week.

The decision from United also affected Ozil’s own thinking, with the player disappointed at the lack of options open to him after making it clear he was leaving Arsenal – and thus he will now put pen to paper on a £300,000 per week deal with the Gunners.